Sunday, April 28, 2013


It is a time of plenty in my kitchen at the moment.

 I have been stewing apples

 and making chilli jam
So easy.
I don't why I didn't think of it before!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013


After  a few emails on the topic
I thought I would have a peak at
my backside.
Pretty smooth I'm thinking.

To avoid wrinkles I secured the backing (pulling it quite firmly) to the floor. 
That is either the carpet in my bedroom, there's not always room, or by taping it to the living room floor which is timber. Then I placed the other layers on top.
When I am pinning, the quilt is hanging over the table so I'm thinking gravity pulls out any wrinkles.
But I am always looking for an easier  way!

 With an unusual burst of energy I made a batch of scones for class this week
It must be the cooler weather making me want to bake.

And look at these beautiful hydrangeas for the teacher!

Sunday, April 21, 2013


I baste with pins.
Good pins that I buy from the drycleaners.
About 1000 to the box 
and I keep them in these nice old jars....

Trouble is the jars are all full 
and I have nowhere to put the pins from the current quilting.

So it's time to baste a couple more quilts.
Next problem...
choosing a backing from my stash.

Once I have the 3 layers together
I do the pinning at the table 

but with 2 chairs so I can move side to side.
I feel like I am playing a duet
but on my own.

One empty jar!

Friday, April 19, 2013

I can't remember


 I have been so busy these last couple of weeks
that I have had trouble thinking what to post.

I can't rembember if I have already shown you these little quilts.
They combine my love of solids, little things 
and knitting!

They measure about 6" square.
I gave them to my sister recently for her birthday.
She is a fantastic knitter but didn't mind me using needles in this way as they were feeling brittle and I thought they would break if I knitted with them

Thursday, April 11, 2013


 Remember last year when I posted about this ?
Well, I have gone back to do some dyeing.

Some of these samples are mine, some aren't.
I am sorry to say that this clever tree was not mine but I love it!

I did mostly spots. We are supposed to be saving them as samples but I think I will have to make something!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013


 If you live ANYWHERE near me you must come and see this exhibition.
It is Fabulous.

There is a lot more going on this week and I hope to show you more but I had to tell you about these garments as you only have untill Thursday lunch time to see them !

Saturday, April 6, 2013


 I love making quilts that look 3 dimensional.
I love the way they take shape,
how shapes develop without me seeing
without my permission....

And, of course, you know I love hand quilting.
the other one is upside down...

.... or is it?

Thursday, April 4, 2013


 I had a lovely morning  today out with a couple of  friends you might know. When I returned home through my side gate I thought what a lovely day! I might winge about the heat, and no doubt I will soon complain about the cold
but we are in store for a few days of lovely weather

So after a good morning I was inspired to do something with these tiny scraps from this quilt.
Remember I had to do a bit of trimming to fix a cutting mistake?

They are 1" wide.

This block is called "country lanes".
Hmm. I might do a few....

Monday, April 1, 2013

There's plenty

There's plenty of quilts

  in my cupboard to be going on with...
This one is a favourite.
It is my version of  'Carpenter's Square'